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Maharashtra CM visits ailing Vilasrao Deshmukh

Maharashtra's Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Singh also visited Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.

Press Trust Of India

Updated:August 8, 2012, 8:14 PM IST
Maharashtra CM visits ailing Vilasrao Deshmukh
Maharashtra's Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Singh also visited Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh.

Chennai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and several ministerial colleagues on Wednesday visited Union minister Vilasrao Deshmukh whose condition continues to be critical following a serious liver-related ailment.

The condition of the 67-year-old Deshmukh, Union Science and Technology Minister, was described earlier in the day as "still critical" by an official of the Global Hospitals where he was under treatment while his family members were quoted as saying that he had shown improvement since his admission on Monday evening.

Chavan accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar and several other ministers visited the hospital and enquired about Deshmukh's condition with his family members.

Chavan declined to talk to the waiting mediapersons, but minister Pandurang Kadam and Congress MP Vilas Muttemwar said the family members informed them that Deshmukh was improving.

"What we know is that he is improving and his condition is better than what it was when he was in Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai (from where he was flown in an air ambulance to Chennai)," Muttemwar said.

Kadam, quoting family members of Deshmukh, said the former Maharashtra chief minister was improving.

Hospital authorities, however, continued to remain tight-lipped, maintaining that the family of Deshmukh had told them to respect their privacy and they themselves would communicate information through social media, if need be.

A team doctors of several specialities, including noted liver transplant surgeon Dr Mohamed Rela, are treating Deshmukh, who is on life-support systems.

The hospital authorities had said on Tuesday that Deshmukh would be kept under observation for two days.

Meanwhile, Deshmukh's family members offered prayers at the famous 11th century Sri Marundheeswarar (Lord Shiva) temple in Chennai on Tuesday night for his speedy recovery, temple sources said.

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